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Junin Grebe Podiceps taczanowskii

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Confined to Lake Junín in the highlands of west-central Peru, this flightless grebe is now ranked as Critically Endangered by BirdLife International. It is a slim, long-necked grebe with a blackish hind crown, completely dark upperparts, and white underparts mottled dusky on the sides; the bill is rather slender looking. Despite possessing a relatively healthy population speculated to number over 1000 individuals in the early 1960s, recent decades have witnessed a steady decline in the species’ population, which is currently estimated at fewer than 250 birds. Pollution and extreme changes in water quality and levels have been significant factors in this alarming decrease.

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Recommended Citation

Junin Grebe (Podiceps taczanowskii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/jungre1